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National conference on human rights opens

Jordan forging ahead with enhancing role of citizens in decision-making process — Khasawneh

Musa Maaytah
Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maaytah (Photo: Petra)
Amman — Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said Saturday Jordan seeks to enhance human rights to preserve human dignity and freedoms and endeavors to develop a comprehensive and integrated human right system within the national reform approach it has upheld and pursued for years.اضافة اعلان

In remarks delivered on his behalf by Minister of Political and Parliamentary Affairs Musa Maaytah at the National Government Conference to mark the Universal Declaration of Human Rights titled “Decreasing Inequalities and Enhancing Human Rights in Jordan”, Khasawneh said his government attaches great importance to the protection and promotion of human rights and works to consolidate them, driven by a civilizational heritage and political will under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah.

He said that despite the challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, Jordan is forging ahead with enhancing the role of citizens in the decision-making process, noting that draft election and political parties legislation and constitutional amendments are now going through the constitutional process pending debate and approval by the Lower House’s Legal Committee.

He noted a Royal political will, including the formation of the Royal Committee to Modernize Political System, which was tasked with drafting new election and parties draft bills and passing recommendations on legislation that regulates local administration, expands the base of participation and creates a legislative and political environment that guarantees the role of youth and women in public life.

The premier stressed the need for platform-based parties towards the formation of parliamentary governments.

General Coordinator of Human Rights at the Prime Minister’s Office Nazir Awamleh said the government is working, in partnership with international institutions and civil society organizations, to follow up on human rights reports and relevant activities and build the capacity of workers in the field through local and foreign programs.

Meanwhile, the UN in Jordan called for 2022 to be a year of action for human rights and a renewed commitment to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Addressing the National Governmental Conference on Saturday, Anders Pedersen, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Jordan said: “successive financial, humanitarian, and the latest health crises — COVID-19 — have hampered the realization of the 2030 agenda and have had a long-lasting and multidimensional impact, especially on millions of young people worldwide, including in Jordan”.

According to Pedersen, women have also been severely affected, through job losses, facing increased gender-based violence, and lacking political participation — as are persons with disabilities, people living in poverty, older persons, migrants, and refugees.

The government will present its assessment of progress made in the implementation of the 2030 agenda through submitting a Voluntary National Review report to the UN in July 2022, which, as Pedersen highlighted, “provides an opportunity to take stock and accelerate protection and promotion of human rights including through the Universal Periodic Review process in 2023 — with the meaningful participation especially of young people”.

“Inequalities stem from policy choices. We need to reverse years of under- investment in economic, social and cultural rights, and be bolder in repositioning public expenditure to prioritize people and their rights,” said Christina Meinecke, senior human rights adviser to the resident and humanitarian coordinator in Jordan.

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